Collingwood did not pursue Josh Schache during last year’s trade period. Picture: Nicole Garmston
Collingwood did not pursue Josh Schache during last year’s trade period. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Magpies ‘would love Tom Lynch’

COLLINGWOOD has defended its decision not to chase a power forward during last year's trade period.

Football manager Geoff Walsh said the changing ­nature of AFL football had diminished the worth of all but a handful of elite key-position forwards.

A question from the floor at the Magpies' annual general meeting focused on why the club was only a small player in the trade period, taking only Sydney young defender Sam Murray.

The Magpies made no ­attempt to chase forward Josh Schache, a No.2 draft pick in 2015, when the forward crossed from Brisbane Lions to Western Bulldogs.

"We weren't active in trade week last year, but if you look back in recent times, Collingwood has been as active as any club over the past few years," Walsh said.

"Power forwards, the very good ones, are extremely hard to get.

"The game is changing a bit, the power forwards are probably not as crucial to a team's set-ups as they perhaps once were.

"I think the power forwards, unless they are at the absolute elite level ... their influence in the game has lessened."

Gold Coast forward Tom Lynch is a free agent this year. Picture: AAP
Gold Coast forward Tom Lynch is a free agent this year. Picture: AAP

 

Collingwood will be one of a number of suitors for Gold Coast co-captain Tom Lynch at season's end when he ­becomes a free agent.

Walsh said the club "would love Tom Hawkins or Tom Lynch", who were proven ­performers, but acknowledged the difficulties of recruiting big, elite forwards.

He said the club had the ball inside 50m enough last year to win most games, but had been let down by conversion issues, which he hoped had been ironed out.

Quizzed about the club's salary cap room, president Eddie McGuire suggested there would be enough for the Pies to be more active this ­October, hinting a target could be a power forward.


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